Texans are known for their independent spirit. And nothing says true independence like living off the land. More and more Americans are moving out of the city and onto off-the-grid homesteads . If the Lone Star State is where you want to put your roots down, here are four places in Texas where off the grid living is sustainable.
If you’re looking to go off the grid, look behind the secluded pine curtain of the East Texas Piney Woods. The Piney Woods region is a distinct cultural and ecological region in Texas, known for its dense growth of underbrush in areas such as the “Big Thicket.” The region is also thought of as being culturally removed from the rest of Texas in some ways, hence the phrase “behind the pine curtain.”
Canyon, Texas is known for nearby Palo Duro Canyon, a canyon system in the Panhandle known as the Grand Canyon of Texas. Humans have been inhabiting Palo Duro Canyon for about 15,000 years. Native Americans were drawn to the area’s close proximity to Prairie Dog Town Fork and the Red River. While you may not be able to take up permanent residency in the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the region offers a sustainable – and gorgeous – area for going off grid.
Living off the grid in West Texas is not for the fain of heart. But those that do prove themselves to be some of the most resilient folks around. If you’d like to give the off-the-grid lifestyle a shot before taking the leap, check out Ten Bits Ranch. Located in the wilds of the Chihuahuan desert, Ten Bits Ranch provides a back-to-basics getaway.
Terlingua is known for its free spirits. The Texas ghost town may just be the off-the-grid capital of the U.S. It’s that spirit that draws innovators like John Wells to leave behind their life in the city to start a new life in the unforgiving West Texas climate. Wells is the creator of the Field Lab, a self-sustained 40 acre desert homestead with no electricity or running water. Want to get a taste of off-the-grid living in Terlingua? Check out this off-the-grid adobe dome.